1962 World 600

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1962 World 600
Race details
Race 23 of 53 in the 1962 NASCAR Grand National Series season
Date May 27, 1962 (1962-05-27)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)
Weather Extremely hot with temperatures of 91.9 °F (33.3 °C); wind speeds of 9.2 miles per hour (14.8 km/h)[1]
Average speed 125.552 mph (202.056 km/h)
Pole position
Driver
Most laps led
Driver David Pearson
Laps 208
Winner
No. 29 Nelson Stacy

The 1962 World 600, the 3rd running of the event, was a NASCAR Grand National Series race held on May 27, 1962 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contested over 400 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the 23rd race of the 1962 NASCAR Grand National Series season.

Background[edit]

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, United States, 13 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious World 600 on Memorial Day weekend and the National 400. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI).

Race report[edit]

Nelson Stacy won the race over the second-place Joe Weatherly by a time of 32.35 seconds; making his third race victory of out a total of four. The race lasted four hours, forty-six minutes, and forty-four seconds. Average speed during the race was 125.552 miles per hour (202.056 km/h) while the pole position qualifier had a speed of 140.15 miles per hour (225.55 km/h). Two cautions slowed the race for 14 laps. Eighteen lead changes were recorded during the race.[2]

David Pearson was leading with seven laps to go. It was an extremely hot day and Pearson said it was hard to see because he had to wipe the sweat from his head on the straightaway. While leading with seven laps to go, his car just quit on him.[2] He said it was one of the most disappointing losses of his career.

Red Foote would make his NASCAR debut in this race while Gerald Duke and Herb Tillman would retire from professional stock car racing after this event. Joe Weatherly's respectable second-place finish managed to boost him ahead of Jack Smith in the championship standings.[3]

Notable crew chiefs for this race; included Bud Moore, Herman Beam, Glen Wood, Herb Nab and Ratus Walters.[4]

Top ten finishers[edit]

Pos[2] No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Laps led Money Time/Status
1 29 Nelson Stacy '62 Ford 400 13 $25,505 4:46:44
2 8 Joe Weatherly '62 Pontiac 400 0 $11,105 +32.35 seconds
3 0 Fred Lorenzen '62 Ford 399 0 $6,870 +1 lap
4 43 Richard Petty '62 Plymouth 397 5 $5,400 +3 laps
5 66 Larry Frank '62 Ford 395 0 $3,475 +5 laps
6 11 Ned Jarrett '62 Chevrolet 394 0 $3,600 +6 laps
7 3 David Pearson '62 Pontiac 393 208 $4,695 Engine failure
8 21 Marvin Panch '62 Ford 393 0 $1,600 +7 laps
9 22 Fireball Roberts '62 Pontiac 393 27 $2,095 +7 laps
10 41 Bunkie Blackburn '62 Plymouth 393 0 $1,100 +7 laps

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information at the Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c Race information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ 1962 World 600 results at Race Database
  4. ^ Crew chief information at Racing Reference